Authorities on Monday arrested a North Charleston man minutes after he burglarized a Laurens Street apartment in Charleston, police said.
Damon Ray Moore, 43, of Hobson Avenue, is charged with first-degree burglary and property crime enhancement, Charleston County jail records show. Property crime enhancement is the statute used when suspects have been convicted of previous offenses against property, such as shoplifting, theft, vandalism or fraud. Charleston police responded to the Laurens Street apartment around 9 a.m. Monday after a woman awoke to a man standing in her bedroom, police spokesman Charles Francis said. The man apologized and fled the scene, the woman reported to police.
According to Francis, Moore was arrested minutes later near George and Meeting streets.
Jewelry that was taken from the woman's home was returned, he said.
Moore was held at the Charleston County jail Monday pending a bond hearing.
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